How to reduce risk in the workplace
Every workplace will include many different types of machines and processes, which means there’s no ‘one size fits all’ solution to reducing workplace risk as it relates to machinery.
As outlined, the number of potential hazards is significant. For this reason, a systematic risk assessment should be conducted for each machine. In all cases a competent person or team is required but must utilise the right processes. In some cases, it may be necessary to call in a specialist third-party who has specialised or technical expertise – for example, a machine safety engineer.
Machine safety risks should be minimised whenever they cannot be eliminated or made inherently safe. The minimisation efforts should follow a hierarchical approach where engineering/isolation practices e.g. guarding are implemented where reasonably practicable before relying on administrative based minimisation controls such as training, procedures or signage.
The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 requires that machinery and equipment risk controls are preventative by nature, are effective and durable for the environment it is used in and deal directly with the hazard at its source.
Knowing when or if you have done enough risk minimisation is often that hardest decision to make. The best way to reduce common machine safety risks in a workplace is with a comprehensive third-party risk assessment.
What is a workplace risk assessment?
A workplace risk assessment is a thorough examination of a workplace to identify the machinery, situations and processes that may cause harm. When risks are identified, they are analysed and evaluated in terms of severity. A risk assessment plan for effectively eliminating or controlling these risks will then be created.
A risk assessment involves:
- Identifying hazards and risk factors that have the potential to cause harm
- Analysing and evaluating the risk associated with that hazard and how one may be harmed
- Determining appropriate ways to eliminate the hazard, or control the risk when the hazard cannot be eliminated.
- Following these steps should utilise multiple people, information sources and tools to reach the right conclusions. Further information can be found in the TEG Risk guide to machine safety assessments.
When did your workplace last have a risk assessment?
TEG Risk’s highly trained team of machine engineers are experienced in mechanical, electrical, and safety engineering. We have the expertise to assess and review your machinery and establish where your greatest risks lie. Using our MinRisk App and highly skilled engineers, we can assess a large number of machines on site in a short time.
Our tools allow us to produce highly informative reports with photo references, standard references, and budget costs. We also provide a variety of management reports that allow your organisation to start planning and prioritising implementation work and recording maintenance fixes.